Aug 19, 2007 2:41pm
Re: 06/07/70 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
I second your challenge, and raise you a Gospel Song Collection Straight!
This is my favorite show for a number of semi-acoustic numbers, including a great M&MUnc with Marmaduke, and Swing Low, etc., etc. Not too shabby second set electric collection as well.
Don't Ease Me In, Silver Threads, Friend Of The Devil, Candyman, Cold Jordan, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Cumberland Blues, Me & My Uncle, New Speedway Boogie Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Main Ten-> Sugar Magnolia, Louie Louie Jam, It's A Man's World, Mama Tried, Sitting On Top Of The World, Cosmic Charlie, Casey Jones, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', The Frozen Logger
Reviewer: cream-puff-war - - October 13, 2005
Subject: Louie Louie, go home!
While memories of this and the half dozen other 1970 evenings I spent with the Dead are fading fast, by the mid-70s I was certain that the summer Filllmore West shows were among my favorites attended in that year or any other.
Unlike a lot of places that were used for live concerts, the Carousel was actually built (in the swing era) for sound. The 1970 shows, as is so often said about Dead shows in general, were ones you had to be there to fully appreciate. This is a wonderful show not so much for being one of the best recordings extant from that year, but mainly for how well the band worked the acoustics of the venue and the overall intimacy of the Carousel Ballroom (FW). The place had good vibes and they (and everyone else) seemed to really enjoy themselves there.
Of the various Bay Area venues over the years I experienced them in a live setting, I preferred this one over Winterland, Harding Theater, Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley Greek, Cow Palace, Kezar, the park and certainly the Oakland Coliseum.
To get a sense of how good they were live in 1970, the New York shows are far better recordings but the Carousel was relaxed, like home. No one minded a few flubs, when the show overall was as good as this one. Jerry was in his element playing all 3 sets, literally sitting in for the mid-set with NRPS while sitting on the pedal steel as a side man (though out front center stage)I think this is the week where the oft-used expression, "an Evening with the Grateful Dead" was born. Thanks to the archive we can enjoy memorable moments such as when Bob Weir went something like - "Who is that guy?" to a hipster in the crowd requesting an obscure number..."You're always requesting 'Golden Road'... and we don't know how that goes anymore..." I thought the dude either asked for "Quadlibet For Tenderfeet" or, "Whatever Became Of The Baby"... actually, someone yelled out for "White Rabbit" or maybe it was "Louie Louie"!Whoever he was, he probably made oddball requests on more than one occasion. This time the lights went up for a sec and he was caught in the act!
This post was modified by William Tell on 2007-08-19 21:41:03